Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Flats and Pins and Snappis - oh my!

I am taking part in the Second Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge hosted by Dirty Diaper Laundry.  For 7 days I will be using only flat cloth diapers and handwashing them in an effort to prove that cloth diapering can be affordable and accessible to all.  You can learn more about the rules and why this challenge was started by visiting the announcement post.  This year there are over 450 participants from all over the world!

DAY 2!
So, today we are supposed to talk about our supplies for the challenge...

I already had about a dozen flats on hand, but half of them are super tiny on my 22 lb. chunky monkey, so I bought a dozen large flats from GMD. They are HUGE and made me and the girlies giggle when we first opened them, but anyway... I'm hoping that will be the last of my diaper purchases until Baby C is potty trained!

  • Gerber (the tiny ones), Swaddlebees (the pretty ones) and GMD (the huge ones) flats
  • 4 Thirsties covers and 1 Econobum (all fairly lightweight and quick to dry)
  • Snappis and pins
  • Diaper pail, ECOS detergent, water, and my hands (for washing)
  • Drying rack that I got about ten years ago probably from Target for like $10
And wouldn't you believe that my diapers are always this nicely prepped for changing time? ;)

Oh wait, this might be a little more accurate...

... Anyone else? ;)
If nothing else, I may come out of this challenge learning how to have the diapers better organized!

Did I mention how fun it is to pin a nicely folded flat on a squirmy baby
who just wants to get up and walk away? 

I have yet to wash my first load - the diapers are currently soaking in my diaper pail in my tub. I admit I'm a little afraid to actually wash these things by hand...

How about you? Are you joining in on all the Challenge fun? What are you using? Excited? Scared? Share your thoughts!

Check this out to read others' thoughts on Day 2 of the Challenge!

UPDATE: 11:15 PM- Just finished washing my covers which was no sweat as I occasionally wash those by hand anyway. Not sure why, but I'm really not looking forward to washing the flats. I guess I'm just afraid I'll do it wrong! They are currently soaking so here I go...


  1. Oh babes! Showin' some thigh, huh? :) How did the wash go. BTW - nice post.

    1. You know it! ;) Washing was super fun. Check out my latest post for all the awesome details! Thanks.